Posted on June 4, 2019 by admin
HARTFORD – State Reps. Kathy Kennedy (R-119) and Charles Ferraro (R-117) along with their House Republican colleagues Monday after hours of debate unanimously rejected the budget plan that raises hundreds of millions in sales taxes, raids the transportation fund to pay for ongoing services and hikes income taxes on thousands of small business owners.
Parking garages, the Internet, dry cleaners, restaurants, plastic bags and scores of other goods and services will all cost Connecticut consumers more beginning July 1 due to sales tax hikes. Thousands of business owners operating as LLCs will pay an estimated $50 million more in income taxes under the Pass through Entity tax because of the scheme hatched by the majority in order to close an estimated $3 billion deficit over the next two years that is of their making.
Overall, taxes were raised by $752 million over two years, not including the tax on hospitals.
Instead, Republicans offered a series of amendments to reduce government spending, shrink the bloated bureaucracy, privatize certain state agencies, preserve funding for the Special Transportation Fund and keep intact pension exemptions for seniors, as well as send more money for towns and cities. Municipalities would get an additional 5 percent in funding in the second year of the budget.
“A budget the spends more and taxes more will not solve any of Connecticut’s financial problems,” said Rep. Ferraro. “This budget grows state government, gives lawmakers gifts for certain projects in their districts, and raids the special transportation fund. The new governor is operating the same way as our previous governor and not making the bold changes that he promised us when he took the job, in my opinion this is another failed promise by the governor.”
Posted on May 22, 2019 by admin
HARTFORD – House Republican Lawmakers sent a formal letter to Governor Lamont Tuesday night to notify him that all members of the House Republican Caucus are fully unified against tolls.
The letter was sent after the governor declared that he will begin focusing on the budget and will table tolls for a special legislative session to give Republicans more time to support the proposal.
In the letter, House Republicans’ said that going into a special session would be an undue tax burden on the people of Connecticut and that the House Republican Caucus will be voting no on tolls.
Posted on May 17, 2019 by admin
HARTFORD, CT – State Representatives Themis Klarides, Charles Ferraro, Kathy Kennedy praised the passage of legislation on Tuesday, May 14th to increase penalties for the dealing and manufacturing of fentanyl and fentanyl derivatives.
House Republican Leader Themis Klarides, submitted this bill in an effort to legislatively address the opioid crisis and curtail the growing use and distribution of fentanyl and fentanyl laced drugs throughout Connecticut.
“We need to protect our communities, opioids are destroying the lives of our state and fentanyl has taken this to a new level. When our own police officers and forensic teams have to take extra safety measures when handling fentanyl at a crime scene and have medical responders nearby in case they themselves come in contact with the lethal substance, how can Senate and House leadership not call this bill for a vote? Not that long ago, that truck carrying enough fentanyl to kill everyone in this state rolled right through our backyard. I implore our State Senators to call this bill to the floor and vote in favor of protecting all of our citizens from fentanyl,” said Rep. Klarides
“The opioid crisis has hit Connecticut hard and fentanyl is drastically making the crisis worse by the day,” said Rep. Ferraro. “It’s critical that we continue to pass laws that will help end this crisis.”